“(That was) the most disappointing loss I’ve ever had in my career, very flat,” Smith said.
The Cardinals scored first as Tra Wynn had a 5-yard touchdown run at 8:39 for a 7-0 first quarter lead. But that would last for just over 5 minutes as McNair answered with its first touchdown of the night.
The Cardinals were never able to regain momentum and watched as McNair put seven points on the board in each quarter.
Smith blames the loss on being overconfident after beating Chapel Hill last week, along with poor practices leading up to game day.
“All week long I’ve been trying to tell them,” Smith said. “They thought they were better than what they were and we had some bad practices, kids being selfish, unfocused. We got what we deserved.”
Smith also said, he thought they all overestimated the game plan as the Mustangs controlled the ball and kept them from getting started offensively. Smith added McNair outplayed his Cardinals, outcoached them, and were just better than them on Friday.
Wynn and quarterback Craig Robinson were not able to equal their big performances from a week ago. Wynn had 58 yards rushing on nine carries with one touchdown, while Robinson completed 6 of 18 passes for 100 yards, and he ran for 78 yards.
“We had several drops,” Smith said. “I’m sure we had four or five drops tonight. We had, I think, two touchdown drops. We just have to keep working at it and get better.”
Next week the Cardinals will host Campbell in their third straight home game, and Smith said he already knows his team will have to do much better if they plan to be in that game.
“Campbell is a very talented team,” he said. “They’re going to be a lot better than this team we faced tonight so you know we’ve got our hands full. It’s going to be tough for us.”